Phillip Noyce To Adapt THE GIVER For The Big Screen

Movieby Joey Paur

The 1993 young adult book The Giver by Lois Lowry has been trying to get made into a movie for years, and it looks like it's actually going to move into production in the near future. The Weinstein Co. and Walden Media are currently in early talks with Salt director Phillip Noyce to adapt the movie for the big screen. Jeff Bridges was set to star in and produce it over a year ago.

The the book tells a wonderfully fascinating story that follows "a 12-year-old boy who lives in a futuristic utopian society where all memory of human history has been erased. His life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the role of the Giver and bear his community's vast range of human emotions, which causes him to realize that living a pain-free life comes at a high cost." The book has sold more than 10 million copies and won the 1994 Newbery Medal.

If you haven't read this book yet, you certainly should, as it's a very powerful story. Bridges, who owns the rights to the book, will play The Giver, a role he initially wanted his father Lloyd to play. The most recent draft of the script was written by Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog).

There's no timeframe on when the movie will go into production, but it will eventually happen. I think Noyce is a solid choice to take on the project, he's also worked on films such as Blind Fury, Patriot Games, Clear and Prent Danger, and many others. What do you think about Noyce possibly directing this film?